Royal Ladies' and Gentlemens' Experimental Madness Society

A bit about what we did.

Welcome good explorer! Sorry, but you’re a bit late.

The Royal Ladies’ & Gentle-mens’ Experimental Madness Society founded Steampunk Chicago in 2008. The collective grew and waned. People naturally wandered in and out, and pursued their own interests. Engagement diminished, and SteampunkChicago.com ceased writing new articles and updating the events calendar in 2018.

A bit about Steampunk Chicago.

At Steampunk Chicago the RL&GEMS created an inspiring outlet for steampunks based both in Chicago and worldwide.  This website also acted as a portal to events, meetings, and goings on within the Chicagoland area as well as greater national events and conventions.  Our collection of fine writers and editors brought you articles on media, history, science, fashion, gadgets, art and more.

A word about Steampunk.

Steampunk, is a catch all phrase to describe the artistic and literary movement that borrows aesthetics mostly from the 1870s all the way through the 1930s, though not necessarily trapped within any certain time period at all.  The movement has been gathering, ahem, steam, since the late 80s.  Today steampunk themes can be found in popular and underground art, fiction, cinema and fashion, as well as in conventions, trendy TV shows, and even home decor.

Our Friendly Staff.

Sam Perkins-Harbin530462_10100217587440227_1480110118_n

Sam is a co-founder and writes occasional posts about props, science, and weird steampunk finds. He also creates all of our imagery, website needs, and artistic promotional materials.

He maintains a portfolio website at Forge22.com.


Joseph VourtequeVorteque-640x603

Joseph CR Vourteque is a co-founder and DJ. He travels to various events and conventions, spinning the latest in timeless electroswing music.

His professional and booking site is at Vourteque.com.


Joe Mason
10423852_10204494257022917_463616181720218823_nJoe Mason is our resident history and steampunk culture writer.

He is also a musician of the band White City Rippers.


Best to all,

The Royal Ladies’ & Gentle-mens’ Experimental Madness Society, Steampunk Chicago.